There’s something about discovering a new (or at least new-to-you) author, isn’t there? If the book you’re reading is really absorbing, it’s enough to make you forget all of those noble resolutions about getting through that TBR.
Based in Essex, Dolan is a copywriter and ‘intermittently successful poker player.’ She is also the author of a series of novels featuring DI Dushan Zigic and DS Mel Ferreira of the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit. They’re a good fit for this unit, too. Zigic is third-generation English, and Ferreira came to England from Portugal as a young girl.
In their first outing, Long Way Home, Zigic and Ferreira investigate the death of a man whose body is found in a shed belonging to Paul and Gemma Barlow. When reports come in that the man is Estonian immigrant Jaan Stepnow, it looks very much as though this is an anti-immigrant hate crime, so it seems a good fit for Zigic and Ferreira’s unit. In the process of finding out who killed the victim and why, the detectives (and readers) learn quite a bit about life for many immigrants in Peterborough and East Anglia. Their job is made more difficult because many migrant workers are off the proverbial grid. So dental records, credit card and banking histories, employment records and the like can’t be used to trace victims’ last days and connect them with their killers. What’s more, many of the people who knew this victim are not exactly eager to talk to the police or admit anything they may know. But in the end, Zigic and Ferreira learn who the killer is.
In Tell No Tales, Zigic and Ferreira have two very difficult cases to investigate. One is a hit-and-run incident in which Jelena Krasic, a Croatian immigrant, is killed, and her sister Sofia badly injured. Sofia claims that the driver was Jelena’s ex-boyfriend Anthony Gilbert, who’d been stalking her. But the detectives find it’s not as simple as that when they discover that Sofia may have her own reasons for not telling the truth. At the same time, Zigic and Ferreira investigate some very troubling neo-Nazi activity in the area. Now they face a great deal of pressure from the media to make some arrests, and their task is not made any easier by the fact that some very highly-placed people could be involved.
Want to know more about Long Way Home? Check it out here.
Want to know more about Tell No Tales? It’s all right here.
Want to know more about After You Die? Read all about it right here.
*NOTE: The title of this post is the title of a Brian McKnight song.